Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, in Rumpus Saturday Fiction, Sherman Alexie’s shares three short stories—”Fixed Income,” “Honor Society,” and “Valediction”—that all offer his trademark whimsy and insight into the human condition. Three different teenagers struggle with poverty, endemic racism, and social exclusion, and must depend upon themselves to make the right choices in difficult moral situations.

Then, in the Sunday Essay, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez tells a sad tale of an old relationship forever fixed to a certain time and place: Ankara, Turkey. A visiting teacher at the university,Vaquera-Vásquez meets Elif at a party and they become inseparable for a time. The relationship ends, and there is a tragic loss, but its legacy echoes through and overlaps with the writer’s memories of his time in Ankara.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →